This Week's Prayer
Your body is the commitment we make with the fullness of our beings to whatever rescues us from the ego’s definition of success. That commitment is Faith.
Your heart shows us how to open our hearts to the unknown, responding to uncertainty with embrace rather than fear. Heart opening is Faith.
You, Faith, are all the ways we make meaning of life and experience, and we invite your presence in our lives. Be with us, and make of us instruments of understanding and compassion.
There is much that weighs on our hearts today.
This week Islamic State militants "bulldozed"northern Iraq's Nimrud archaeological site. Thousands have fled the Iraqi city of Tikrit as various regional forces seek to push the militants out. Make of us instruments of understanding and compassion.
Since last summer, our immigration and customs enforcement began rapidly expanding detention of asylum-seeking women with children. These are mothers who have been determined to be fleeing credible fears of persecution. Despite a recent court order, thousands continue to be detained without clean drinking water or suitable food or adequate medical care for the sick kids or their mothers. Make of us instruments of understanding and compassion
The Alabama Supreme Court, defying a federal court, ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. Make of us instruments of understanding and compassion.
As we approached the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches, the Justice Department’s investigation of Ferguson, Missouri’s police department found significant and appalling racial bias in both the police force and the court system. Make of us instruments of understanding and compassion.
Be with us, Faith, that we may dedicate ourselves to the practices that liberate us from thrall to success, and that open our hearts to embrace the challenge to love our way through every moment.